On-shore field trips at the Foss Waterway Seaport offer interactive, hands-on, grade-level appropriate experiences that support teachers’ in-class objectives – and they are just plain fun!

We introduce students to Tacoma’s first port, the impact that urbanization has had on Tacoma, Commencement Bay, and the creatures that call the water their home.  Our aim is for students to develop an understanding of their environment and the modern issues faced by Puget Sound.

Small groups rotate through a series of activities. Rotation lengths are age dependent (See chart below).  The number of activities offered during a field trip is tailored to the size of the class, the amount of time allotted for the visit, and staff availability.

Our program topics are presented in a manner that will engage a specific age or grade level.  We are happy to work with home school groups, however we cannot engage learners of vastly different ages (see Home School Field Trip Information).

 

Grade Level Time for each activity
1st to 3rd 30 minutes
4th to 5th 35 to 40 minutes
6th to 8th 45 minutes
9th and up 50 minutes

Program Information: 

Full programs: Three to four hour programs for classes of 15 to 30 students.  Cost is $5.00 per student. No charge for teachers (2 maximum) and one adult chaperone per activity group (4 maximum). We require one chaperone per group.  Chaperones must be ready to fully engaged with their group. Additional adults will be charged a $5.00 admission fee.


Mini programs: One to two hour programs for groups of up to 14 students.  Cost is $5.00 per student or $20.00 (whichever is greater).  No charge for up to 3 adult chaperones. We require one chaperone per group.  Chaperones must be is ready to fully engaged with their group. Additional adults will be charged a $5.00 admission fee.

Age Range: 1st-12th grade

Days Offered: Monday – Thursday

Programs Offered: Click the thumbnail below for a list of our programs and the activities included in each 

To get started, please fill out our inquiry form or e-mail us at education@fosswaterwayseaport.org